Tickle – February 13, 2018

Thank you church for shining so bright Friday night - Bright WHITE is truly quite a sight! You have given so much of yourselves. Time to be filled up. Come to a very special Ash Wednesday service in our Sanctuary Wednesday night at 6 pm. We have “something different” planned for this Valentines day celebration of the beginning of Lent.
God’s JOY, pastor mark
ps…the daffodils are beginning to appear above the ground at the parsonage - whispers of spring are all around us - look closely and smile a warm smile.

Join with me in celebration our newest members:
Bob & Gerri Johnson 1030 Gibbs Road, Blairsville GA 30512
Tsali & Jacque Bentley PO Box 1489, Blairsville GA 30514

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Pork loin, green beans, potatoes and dessert
Adults, Youth and Children are invited to the Ash Wed service at 6 pm
No Hand Bells practice this Wednesday
Choir practice at 7 pm in the choir room behind the Sanctuary

United Methodist Men Saturday 9 am Planning Meeting: If you would like to sit in on a planning meeting for the United Methodist Men of this church - come be with us on February 17 (Saturday) at 9 am in the Fellowship Hall as we plan UMM events for calendar year 2018. This meeting will end before 10 am. Just planning - nothing else. Bring your calendars and ideas!

Disciple Now (Youth DNOW): The 2018 DNOW event will be at Canal Lake Bible Camp Feb 23-25. Registration is $25 per youth. Registration packets are available from Jennifer or Evelyn. If you have questions, contact our Youth Director jdelamontagne@aol.com

Our Relay for Life team is taking orders for beautiful fresh cut daffodils. They are $5.00 for a bunch of 10. Orders will be turned in on February 28th and the Daffodils will arrive on March 29th for distribution. Please contact Glenda Taylor at 706-781-7528 or any Relay team member to place your order.

Firewood Ministry Needs Willing Hands.
Our Firewood Ministry partnership with Antioch Baptist Church has distributed a very large amount of wood to needy individuals and families this winter, and we anticipate a continued heavy demand. However, the number of folks from both churches who participate in this effort has gone down over the past several months. We really need additional help in loading, unloading, and splitting cut wood. We could even use additional chainsaw help. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, contact either David Kuykendall kandd2@windstream.net or Kyle Freed zep8997@gmail.com

Member Carol Rogers has just published a book of writings titled Heavenly Sounds which will be available at both desks. The price is $16 to be donated to SAFE house.

Please help us fill our 2018 confirmation class. The class will be on Wednesday nights (6 pm to 7 pm) beginning April 11 for six consecutive Wednesdays. The class will be led by me and include some of my helpers from time to time. You do not need to be raised in our church to go through this class. It is open to the community we serve. It is designed for current fifth graders. However, you are invited if you are a few years older but never had the chance to complete confirmation. This is the class in our tradition that intentionally prepares youth in their discernment to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Nothing is more important than this holy - life giving - invitation!

Consider Anchoring Yourself to Something Rock Solid:
Have you been worshipping with us for some time? Have you found a church home where you encounter the Holy? Maybe it’s time to take that next step. Prayerfully consider uniting with what Jesus is doing through us here at FUMC of Union County. You are invited to put your faith anchor down here. If you feel that now is the time, simply make an appointment to spend some time with pastor mark. He can answer whatever questions you may have. We are family here at this place of grace. And you are invited to come be part of the family with us. The Church Office phone is 706-745-2073 - ask for Evelyn - tell her you wish to make an appointment to see the pastor about membership. She is here during the day Monday through Thursday and Friday mornings.

Critical FUMC Open Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
Can you push a button? Then you have the background necessary to sit in the chair that controls what goes up on the screens. We have systems in place that boil it down to being that straight forward. Let pastor mark know if you would like to serve one day a month in the 11 am service in this critical role.
firstumcpastor@windstream.net

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The Olympics
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
Our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Sandy Eady - illness has recently become pneumonia (at home)
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - pursuing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Nancy Sanford’s Mother (Geneva Will) - scans show lung cancer is shrinking
Phil Sallings - general health
Debbie Steed - radiation treatments
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Rod Johnson - continued testing to diagnose vision issues
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) - radiation treatments
Manon Thompson — back home but needs our prayers for continued healing
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Claudia Deprez - general health
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Bob Head & Carol Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Your Finance Team

We have started the year off strong despite winter weather and so much illness. Thank you for your committed giving even when so many are unable to come to church due to illness concerns. Your continued passion for serving this church through your giving is truly a wonderful witness to Christ. WE THANK YOU!!!

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
February 4th ….$29,476……………………$102,818
February 11th…$21,152……………………$123,970

Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

Tickle – February 6, 2018

Church, you have a God sized heart! On the last Sunday of January, we did a special appeal to support Operation Footlocker (the Morning Glory UMW Circle led ministry that sends care packages to service men and women in forward deployments.) We received $1,400 of second mile giving on this single Sunday appeal to help fund this ministry! The Youth led soup-or-bowl can drive “filled up” an entire vehicle with cans that were delivered to the food pantry this morning - wait until you see the picture in worship! Thank you Table of Grace for feeding our hungry community a hot lunch today. We called off the 8:30 am service last Sunday to keep people safe from the winter weather early in the day. And yet, we received almost $30,000 last week in giving. YOU ARE AN AMAZING CHURCH! We may have only had 2 services Sunday - but both were AWESOME! Remember our wellness protocols (love each other “without shaking hands” until Easter Sunday on April 1.) And lastly, please help us saturate our “A Night To Shine” event this Friday with prayer. We have approximately 70 guests with special needs coming to this dinner/dance event from our region and 230 trained volunteers from our church, other churches, both colleges, and our community in general ready to greet them and their families. The decorations are beginning to go up. So much good work is happening. God’s house has been prepared to host “love.”
God’s JOY,

Pastor Mark

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Pizza, salad, and dessert
Youth meet at “The Gathering” with Jennifer & Erin at 6 pm
Children meet with Ms. Shannon and her helpers at 6 pm
Hand bells practice at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Choir practice at 7 pm in the choir room behind the Sanctuary
Adult Bible Study “Mark with mark” in the Fidelis Sunday School Room 6 pm

Dementia Caregiver Support Group: A new support group is being sponsored by the Parish Nurses. It is a support group for those giving care to dementia patients, are related to dementia patients or have an interest in helping people with dementia. It meets on the 1st Wednesday (Feb 7 this month - this Wednesday) of each month at 3:00 pm in the downstairs of the MAC, M7. If you need more info, please contact Kathy Fain at 706 969 6549.

This Sunday is our annual celebration of Boy Scout Sunday. Representatives from Boy Scout Troop 101 and Cub Scout Pack 101 will be with us at the 11 am service. There will be a very special recognition of our 52 year relationship with Boy Scouts as we celebrate several of the original charter members who will be with us in worship as our special guests. A very special luncheon follows the 11 am service in the fellowship hall for those who currently are or have been part of our Boy/Cub Scouting program.

Please put our ASH Wednesday Worship service in our Sanctuary on your calendars - it is Wednesday night, February 14, in our Sanctuary at 6 pm.

Firewood Ministry Needs Willing Hands.
Our Firewood Ministry partnership with Antioch Baptist Church has distributed a very large amount of wood to needy individuals and families this winter, and we anticipate a continued heavy demand. However, the number of folks from both churches who participate in this effort has gone down over the past several months. We really need additional help in loading, unloading, and splitting cut wood. We could even use additional chainsaw help. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, contact either David Kuykendall kandd2@windstream.net or Kyle Freed zep8997@gmail.com

There is a stamping/punching greeting card workshop on February 13th at 10:00 am in the MAC. This course will be taught by Kathy Heyer. For more info call her at 706 994 4990.

I would like to speak to “all the men of our church” for just a moment. If you would like to sit in on a planning meeting for the United Methodist Men of this church - come be with us on February 17 (Saturday) at 9 am in the Fellowship Hall as we plan UMM events for calendar year 2018. This meeting will end before 10 am. Just planning - nothing else. Bring your calendars!

Member Carol Rogers has just published a book of writings titled Heavenly Sounds which will be available at both desks. The price is $16 to be donated to SAFE house.

Please help us fill our 2018 confirmation class. The class will be on Wednesday nights (6 pm to 7 pm) beginning April 11 for six consecutive Wednesdays. The class will be led by me and include some of my helpers from time to time. You do not need to be raised in our church to go through this class. It is open to the community we serve. It is designed for current fifth graders. However, you are invited if you are a few years older but never had the chance to complete confirmation. This is the class in our tradition that intentionally prepares youth in their discernment to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Nothing is more important than this holy - life giving - invitation!

Consider Anchoring Yourself to Something Rock Solid:
Have you been worshipping with us for some time? Have you found a church home where you encounter the Holy? Maybe it’s time to take that next step. Prayerfully consider uniting with what Jesus is doing through us here at FUMC of Union County. You are invited to put your faith anchor down here. If you feel that now is the time, simply make an appointment to spend some time with pastor mark. He can answer whatever questions you may have. We are family here at this place of grace. And you are invited to come be part of the family with us. The Church Office phone is 706-745-2073 - ask for Evelyn - tell her you wish to make an appointment to see the pastor about membership. She is here during the day Monday through Thursday and Friday mornings.

Critical FUMC Open Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
Can you push a button? Then you have the background necessary to sit in the chair that controls what goes up on the screens. We have systems in place that boil it down to being that straight forward. Let pastor mark know if you would like to serve one day a month in the 11 am service in this critical role.
firstumcpastor@windstream.net

And for you long term planners who really desire to volunteer for Vacation Bible School, VBS will be Group’s “Shipwrecked - Saved by Jesus” on June 3-7 (Sunday through Thursday evenings.)

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:

Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The Olympics
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
Our expecting Mommies to be
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Lamar & Jackie Franklin daughter-in-law (Sherry Franklin) - ICU Nashville
Sandy Eady - illness has recently become pneumonia (at home)
Glen & Jan Boland nephew (Trevor Holden) - surgery Friday to rebuild bone in forehead
Charles Smith - moved to Chatuge Regional Hospital - Room 129
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - pursuing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Nancy Sanford’s Mother (Geneva Will) - scans show lung cancer is shrinking
Phil Sallings - general health
Debbie Steed - radiation treatments
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Rod Johnson - continued testing to diagnose vision issues
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Susan & Walt Forrester’s brother in law - pancreatic cancer surgery
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) - radiation treatments
Manon Thompson — back home but needs our prayers for continued healing
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Claudia Deprez - general health
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/Greg Lane – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Finance

If you would like a year-end contribution statement, please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. Thank you for your Divine generosity! Just a reminder that the 2018 Giving year is well underway. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
February 4th ….$29,476……………………$102, 818

Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

Tickle – January 30, 2018

Living on church campus gives me a unique perspective to all that is happening across the weekend on campus that is not just “Sunday morning” driven. Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts were all here this weekend. Our FUMC Youth retreat was here this weekend. People working set design for upcoming Living Lord’s Supper drama were in the Annex cutting and pounding. Upward soccer for K-3rd graders was happening in the MAC. Disciple Bible study was here. Trustees were here. Tim Tebow Foundation “A Night to Shine” community training event for those designated as Buddies to our guests were here. And that doesn’t capture it all! Wow! (Or should I say, “WOO HOO!)

I would like to speak to “all the men of our church” for just a moment. If you would like to sit in on a planning meeting for the United Methodist Men of this church - come be with us on February 17 (Saturday) at 9 am in the Fellowship Hall as we plan UMM events for calendar year 2018. This meeting will end before 10 am. Just planning - nothing else. Bring your calendars!

Now to everyone, our youth are inviting everyone to bring a can(s) of soup to help feed the hungry through our Ninth District food pantry in our special celebration of “Soup or Bowl” Sunday this coming Superbowl Sunday - bring your cans to Church Sunday (grin!!!)

Please help us fill our 2018 confirmation class. The class will be on Wednesday nights (6 pm to 7 pm) beginning April 11 for six consecutive Wednesdays. The class will be led by me and include some of my helpers from time to time. You do not need to be raised in our church to go through this class. It is open to the community we serve. It is designed for current fifth graders. However, you are invited if you are a few years older but never had the chance to complete confirmation. This is the class in our tradition that intentionally prepares youth in their discernment to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Nothing is more important than this holy - life giving - invitation!

Please put our ASH Wednesday Worship service in our Sanctuary on your calendars - it is Wednesday night, February 14, in our Sanctuary at 6 pm.

And for you long term planners who really desire to volunteer for Vacation Bible School, VBS will be Group’s “Shipwrecked - Saved by Jesus” on June 3-7 (Sunday through Thursday evenings.)

Lastly, one more time, I truly wish to recognize the work of our Trustees for undertaking a significant extra amount of work recently in the life of our church. Forgive us Trustees, when we don’t notice the lights now work, the switches now switch, the noise if less, the machine runs, the tires turn, the campus appears neater, and the things that get in the way of ministry are reduced or gone. Thank you for all you do! And thank you church, your faithful giving (among other things) resources our Trustees to help get things done.
God’s Joy, pastor mark

Wellness Protocol in Church:
We will be changing our “time of Christian fellowship” in worship to be a “hands free” moment and coaching our wonderful greeters to greet by sharing a smile and bulletin only until we get to Easter.

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - FUNDRAISER FOR THE BOY SCOUTS Baked potato bar, salad and dessert
Youth meet at “The Gathering” with Jennifer & Erin at 6 pm
Children meet with Ms. Shannon and her helpers at 6 pm
Hand bells practice at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Choir practice at 7 pm in the choir room behind the Sanctuary
Adult Bible Study “Mark with mark” in the Fidelis Sunday School Room 6 pm

Your FUMC Prayer Team meets this Thursday in the conference room at 5:30 pm - come sit in with us and just see how we cover this church in prayer.

Young At Heart “Super Bowl” Bunco Fellowship! Friday, February 2nd 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. $2.00 per person donation. Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert. Bunco is an easy game anybody can learn. Don’t worry if you have never played. The best part is the great fellowship we have together. Come get to know your church family!

FUMC Relay for Life Organizing Meeting:
Hi Everyone! We had a great time at the County Relay Kickoff last Thursday with good food, fun games and lots of information! Now it is time for our FUMC team to get geared up again to Lasso a Cure! (our 2018 theme.) We will have a brain-storming meeting on Monday, February 5th at 6:00 in the small MAC dining room. Please come and bring a friend! The more team members we have, the better our opportunity to raise money to fight the dreaded disease of Cancer. Glenda Taylor glendactaylor@yahoo.com

Hinton Center Speaking Event (Hayesville, NC):
Rev. Virginia Tinsley is someone we know well. She is an ordained Deacon in the North Georgia Conference, spent many years leading the Housing & Homeless Council, and is married to Rev. David Tinsley (current pastor of Sharp Memorial UMC at YHC.) She delivered the sermon here on a UMW Sunday two years ago. Virginia is the speaker on Sunday, February 4 at 4 pm at the Hinton Center. The topic is “How Do We Develop Civil Dialog in a Divided Nation?” She is helping to equip us answer the question, “how does a divided nation talk politics?” If you are interested in this topic, please go and support Virginia with your presence. I know she would love to see you!

Dementia Caregiver Support Group: A new support group is being sponsored by the Parish Nurses. It is a support group for those giving care to dementia patients, are related to dementia patients or have an interest in helping people with dementia. It meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 3:00 pm in the downstairs of the MAC, M7. If you need more info, please contact Kathy Fain at 706 969 6549. See you Wed, February 7.

Rumor has it…that some folks don’t know where I (The Church Mouse) live and so they don’t know how to give me information for my newsletter articles. In the Narthex, to the right of the couch, there is a stand with my house right on top!! There are notes and pens to write your comments, and then just push them through the front door!! I’ll collect them when nobody is looking!! Thanks! TCM

Consider Anchoring Yourself to Something Rock Solid:
Have you been worshipping with us for some time? Have you found a church home where you encounter the Holy? Maybe it’s time to take that next step. Prayerfully consider uniting with what Jesus is doing through us here at FUMC of Union County. You are invited to put your faith anchor down here. If you feel that now is the time, simply make an appointment to spend some time with pastor mark. He can answer whatever questions you may have. We are family here at this place of grace. And you are invited to come be part of the family with us. The Church Office phone is 706-745-2073 - ask for Evelyn - tell her you wish to make an appointment to see the pastor about membership. She is here during the day Monday through Thursday and Friday mornings.

Critical FUMC Open Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
Can you push a button? Then you have the background necessary to sit in the chair that controls what goes up on the screens. We have systems in place that boil it down to being that straight forward. Let pastor mark know if you would like to serve one day a month in the 11 am service in this critical role.
firstumcpastor@windstream.net

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Charles Smith - knee replacement surgery today went well - will be in UGH (Rm 331) through Thursday
Kitty Jones - at home recovering from new knee
Rose Oberlin - moving Mother to assisted living facility this week
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health
Fran Browning’s brother (Rhett Leonard) - below knee amputation - healing
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Nancy Sanford’s Mother (Geneva Will) - scans show lung cancer is shrinking
Phil Sallings - general health
Debbie Steed - followup radiation treatments
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Rod Johnson - continued testing to diagnose vision issues
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Susan & Walt Forrester’s brother in law - pancreatic cancer surgery
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) - radiation treatments
Manon Thompson — back home but needs our prayers for continued healing
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Claudia Deprez - general health
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/Greg Lane – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Finance

If you would like a year-end contribution statement, please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. Thank you for your Divine generosity! Just a reminder that the 2018 Giving year is well underway.

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
January 7 …………. $ 23,968 ……………………….$ 23,968
January 14………….$ 16,192………………………..$ 40,161
January 21………….$ 16,359………………………..$ 56,520
January 28………….$ 16,822………………………..$ 73,342

Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

Tickle – January 23, 2018

I hope several of you got a chance to say hello to our District Superintendent Sunday (Rev. Richard Chewning.) Richard and his family worshipped with us at the 11 am service. Richard has recently announced his retirement. I know this church will always have fond memories of Richard - he helped this church get through a very difficult season of life five years ago. Bishop Sue announced Richard’s replacement yesterday. Her name is Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers. Alice has been a well known leader in our North Georgia Conference for many, many years. She will be leaving her role as Senior Pastor of Glenn Memorial UMC (on the Emory Campus) to become the new Gainesville District Superintendent. Alice will be sitting beside Richard through the spring appointment cycle to learn the process. They will make the official “hand off” at Annual Conference in June. Please add Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers to your prayers (and Richard and his family too) as they all prepare for this transition of life. God’s Joy, pastor mark

Wellness Protocol in Church:
We will be changing our “time of Christian fellowship” in worship to be a “hands free” moment and coaching our wonderful greeters to greet by sharing a smile and bulletin only until we get to Easter.

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - turkey & dressing casserole, broccoli, and dessert
Youth meet at “The Gathering” with Jennifer & Erin at 6 pm
Children meet with Ms. Shannon and her helpers at 6 pm
Hand bells practice at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Choir practice at 7 pm in the choir room behind the Sanctuary
Adult Bible Study “Mark with mark” in the Fidelis Sunday School Room 6 pm

New Prayer Quilt Ministry Team Kickoff Meeting:
Please come if you would like to hear more info about the new ministry mission moment from Sunday - prayer quilt ministry. Remember, you don’t have to sew to be part of this vital ministry. Come meet with us tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan 24 at 11:45 am) in the room next to Stan’s office on the third floor of the MAC.

Our Relay for Life Team would like to invite you to join us for our annual Relay Kickoff on Thursday, January 25th at 6:00 p.m. at the Mountain Presbyterian Church in Blairsville. There will be a light dinner, fun games, inspirational stories and an overview of our 2018 Relay for Life event. If you would like to attend this fun evening and learn more about Relay for Life, please contact Glenda Taylor at 706-781-7528 or e-mail her at: glendactaylor@yahoo.com Please RSVP by January 12th.

Sunday School Class Invitation:
The UPPER ROOM SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS meets at 9:45 on 3rd floor of MAC. We are a class for all age groups and would like to invite anyone needing a class at this time. We are starting a new book study on the 23rd Psalm this Sunday and would like for you to join us. Also the ladies in this class are also a part of a new BOOK CLUB meeting on the 4th Tuesday night. We just started John MacArthur’s Twelve Extraordinary Women!! Any questions contact Stan Wallace.

Young At Heart “Super Bowl” Bunco Fellowship! Friday, February 2nd 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. $2.00 per person donation. Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert. Bunco is an easy game anybody can learn. Don’t worry if you have never played. The best part is the great fellowship we have together. Come get to know your church family!

Consider Anchoring Yourself to Something Rock Solid:
Have you been worshipping with us for some time? Have you found a church home where you encounter the Holy? Maybe it’s time to take that next step. Prayerfully consider uniting with what Jesus is doing through us here at FUMC of Union County. You are invited to put your faith anchor down here. If you feel that now is the time, simply make an appointment to spend some time with pastor mark. He can answer whatever questions you may have. We are family here at this place of grace. And you are invited to come be part of the family with us. The Church Office phone is 706-745-2073 - ask for Evelyn - tell her you wish to make an appointment to see the pastor about membership. She is here during the day Monday through Thursday and Friday mornings.

Critical FUMC Open Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
The 11 am sound team could use one more person to join this rotating team.
The 11 am visuals team could use one more person to join this rotating team.
We need another person to join the 9:45 am light team

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Kitty Jones - at home recovering from new knee
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin (will get address)
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health
Fran Browning’s brother (Rhett Leonard) - below knee amputation - healing
Courtney Bruce - Grandfather & Grandmother passed on same week
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Linda Womack - home recovering from throat surgery
Doug McGinnis - at home with shingles
Nancy Sanford’s Mother (Geneva Will) - lung cancer treatments
Phil Sallings - general health
Debbie Steed - followup radiation treatments
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Rod Johnson - continued testing to diagnose vision issues
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Susan & Walt Forrester’s brother in law - pancreatic cancer surgery
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) healing at home from cancer related procedure
Manon Thompson — back home but needs our prayers for continued healing
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Claudia Deprez - general health
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/Greg Lane – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Finance

If you would like a year-end contribution statement, please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. We are off to a great start in 2018!

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
January 7 …………. $ 23,968 ……………………….$ 23,968
January 14………….$ 16,192………………………..$ 40,161
January 21………….$ 16,359………………………..$ 56,520

Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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